Joe Hill’s short story “Pop Art” explores the relationship between inner and outer self and one’s ability to express oneself, looking at these issues through the lens of characters’ conflicts with society and symbolism. The unnamed narrator, his inflatable friend Art, and their antagonists enact the conflicts of being socially targeted for weakness, and being misunderstood and unheard. One of the most crucial points “Pop Art’” delves into is the difference between how a person is viewed by others and who the person is inside—the author uses this dichotomy to show how dishonest about ourselves we are and how we are judged for who we appear to be. The narrator takes direct control of the former by influencing how his peers see him, “cultivating
Candide is ,of course a dystopian literature which is a literary form that aims to distrupt the human convictions and draw people to a question what they take for granted so it 's aiming at criticizing human 's beliefs ,conducts . Satire can discover defects of life and its drawbacks ,economically ,socially and politically . Satire depends mainly on critical situations including laughter to reach an aim . The aim of Voltaire 's satire and irony is to show his points of view concering his philosoph of optimism and injustice in the society . An example for satire is that when the Baron knew that a
The Role of Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher Art can be expressed within writing pieces, poems and short stories in various types of forms. Edgar Allen Poe uses music as a form of art to help the main character Roderick try to cope with his unstable state of mind. Roderick experiences moral dilemmas and music serves to distort his feelings unintentionally. Simiraily, the ancient greek philosopher Aristotle believed that for a balance of life one needs to encounter the bad experiences in order to feel better and move on to better times. Furthermore, his belief was focused that one needs to participate in negative emotions to relieve the pain that he or she feels.
Literature is a reflection of society, comprising of its flaws and beauty, as authors explore aspects which are often overlooked and ignored. In literature, characters are bound by the adversities that society has generated. Society is the foundation for challenging adversities because individuals are molded by the environment that raises them and aim to conform/ fit in with social norms even when they do not meet the needs of those individuals. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts Tom Buchanan as a product of a materialistic society, where his self-indulgence creates a constraint on the formation of fulfilling relationships that provide happiness. He is ignorant of the fact that physical comforts will never satisfy
“If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” -Samuel Butler. Perhaps some believe in this quote although on a deeper level it can be seen as foolish and ignorant. In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”, the author, Edgar Allan Poe, applies an abundance of literary devices to make evident the foolishness of ignoring death’s inevitability by comparing life and death. Essentially Poe utilizes allusions throughout the story to barry a deeper meaning into the text of the story. A sample of an allusion is this quote, “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death.
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to discuss how John Barth represents the masked modern society in his novel The Floating Opera .The novel is realistic by premise however; the reality of an experience is curiously unconvincing. The novel is a comedy of existential absurdity. The uncertainties, the fears, the debilitating angst, and the pervasive temper of near nihilistic despair that the protagonist Todd experiences are the dominant dispiriting tensions of the century. Barth did not intend the rendition of Todd’s free associations to be a sincere representation of a man’s inner reality. In this novel he wanted to illustrate the futility of asking the reason for living while acknowledging the futility of human existence.
Reflective Statement Candide The interactive oral conceptualized the satirical devices used by Voltaire in Candide and connected it’s cultural and contextual references to today’s world. Although the overarching storyline envelopes the underlying allusions, my peers illuminated hidden relationships beneath it. Thus, because of their explanations, Voltaire’s ridicule of his time period’s customs is comparable to the modernized world, of which my peers elaborated upon. One example to bring across is Vince’s acknowledgment of Voltaire’s mockery of philosophy. During Voltaire’s time period of the Enlightenment, people questioned as to which perspective to view life.
Simone de beauvoir once said, “Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable”. This highlights the flaws in humanity from a cynical viewpoint, saying that an individual is only useful if he contributes to the capitalist or selfish aspects of civilization. The american poet, E.E Cummings, is known for his unconventional ways of writing poetry, where he often neglected the linguistic and grammatical rules of the English language in his works.One of his many poems, Humanity I love you, draws attention to the flaws in society, and how socially acceptable actions are actually corrupt under the surface. Upon initially reading this work, the ideas seem to contradict the repeated statement, “Humanity i love you”, as they could be
He is addressing these things because the people have seemed to underestimate the reality of it and how real it makes someone feel. In conclusion, these are only theories, those ideas are nothing more than my own meandering opinion. However I do believe Ray Bradbury and Walter Van Tilburg Clark suggest that our world is coming to a swarm of uneducated fools. Though they have different plots, their novel and short story both infer things about today 's society. They both write about the mistreated literature and art.
The novel Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, utilizes grotesque and shocking imagery in order to attempt to evoke a strong sense of concern from the reader. Huxley wrote the novel as a criticism of the direction that he viewed the world as traveling towards. As noted by Richard Beckham, Huxley utilizes the technique of reductionism, the concept of simplifying or returning to a more basic state of being. This illustrates how much society has changed, or in the eyes of Huxley, degraded. Throughout the novel, the characters express a reduced form of society and humanity through their lack of emotion and motivations in order to convey the extent to which society has changed negatively.